Why an Elder Guardian is not a Boss Mob (Minecraft)
First published: Thursday July 29th, 2021
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Is an Elder Guardian a boss?
Unlike the Wither and Enderdragon, the elder guardian’s healthbar does not appear above the screen. (And no, don’t be saying in comments “then what about illager raids?”
There are three
Unlike the Enderdragon, the other naturally spawning “boss”, there are three, all naturally spawning, elder guardians.
I know, this might change with the Warden, but unlike the end (Enderdragon) and nether (wither materials) heading out into the ocean doesn’t require much. You need a potion sure, and some milk, but you can see the drop in quality from the Enderdragon to the elder guardian.
With the wither, you get the wither effect. Basically the same as poison, except it can kill you. But the wither is also constantly renewing the effect with his attacks. Enderdragon has dragon’s breath, and his revival from crystals. Elder guardian, he just gives you mining fatigue, and it is not as constant as Wither effect.
Not as good a prize.
Enderdragon, you get Enderdragon egg, and loads of Xp. Wither, you get nether stars. Elder guardian, along with it’s monument, you only get some sponges, sea lanterns, and a little bit of gold, plus some prismerine for building.
It has a spawn egg
Unlike the other bosses, this dude has a spawn egg. Wither, you summon it. Enderdragon, you jump into a portal.
You receive a special achievement when you kill an Ender Guardian. I think that's enough to qualify it as a boss - at least a sub-boss.
Also, to counter some of your points:
- The mining fatigue effect is given every minute to players within a 50 block range. The cooldown is pretty short and you might run into problems if you don't bring a lot of milk
- You can literally have as many withers as you want as long as you don't hit the mob cap, so I see nothing wrong with just 3 sub-bosses that players can't manually spawn without cheats on
although most normal people wouldn't do that
Oh and, if you want to classify bosses by difficulties, I would argue ender dragons are easier to beat than both withers and elder guardians.
Plus, we all know Baby Zombies are the real boss in the game